Wingate University School of Pharmacy students receive volunteer award

Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. –The Wingate University School of Pharmacy students were awarded the Carolinas Medical Center-Union 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award “for outstanding performance and dedication towards the mission of Union County Safe Communities/Safe Kids” for their ongoing work with Operation Medicine Drop. The Wingate students have participated twice annually for the past six years. Their volunteer work included soliciting, registering, collecting and keeping out of the hands of children, over one million unsafe medications at five Union County collection sites, in cooperation with Union County law enforcement officers.

“These efforts may well save a child's life,” said Dr. Robert Supernaw, vice president for graduate and professional programs at Wingate University. “An added benefit is that the proper disposal by incineration will help protect our environment -- especially the water we drink.” This service project is just one of many community service projects in which Wingate University pharmacy students get involved.

Since opening its doors in 2003, Wingate University’s School of Pharmacy has distinguished itself nationally by the quality of its graduates, an innovative, student-centered curriculum and creative faculty dedicated to teaching excellence. Last year, pharmacy students volunteered 4,100 hours in the community.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 6th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves nearly 2,700 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past six years. For more information, go to